Sunrisers Hyderabad, once league leaders but slipped down to sixth in the VIVO IPL 2019 standings, will face Chennai Super Kings in Match 33.
Sunrisers have now suffered three consecutive losses – two at home; It is the first time in four seasons that SRH lost two home games in a row. The biggest concern for SRH is the lack of depth in the hit series. Opening fixtures David Warner and Jonny Bairstow won them at the beginning of the tournament, but when the need arose for the middle order to break, they were uncovered. Against the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi capitals, they were bundled for 96 and 116 respectively.
The SRH management has tried to fix the problem. Kane Williamson, the regular captain who had missed some of the previous games due to injury, returned as number three. Despite Williamson’s involvement, SRHs need the mid-tier rackets to get better than they’ve ever experienced.
A player – perhaps Vijay Shankar or Manish Pandey (if selected) – must take responsibility for the finishing. Sunrisers offers the opportunity to open an Indian batsman – Shreevats Goswami or Wriddhiman Saha – to open the innings instead of Jonny Bairstow, and Shakib al Hasan in the middle order.
The Super Kings have found a way to win even though they have no first-choice players. Lungi Ngidi, who was expected to be one of the key bowlers, was eliminated before the tournament, while Dwayne Bravo – the highest wicket Taker T20 format – missed the recent injury games. Several players have put their hands up and performed well.
The fact that five different players have won Match Awards shows that CSK did not depend on one or two players. The team management must be concerned that there are no runs at the starters – especially Shane Watson, who has now scored 67 runs in the last six matches. Murali Vijay and Sam Billings are options that CSK can explore.
Date, Time & Venue:
17 April 2019, 8pm IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
SRH wants David Warner to keep the orange cap. The Australian, whose natural game is aggressive, has shown his willingness to play second fiddle to Jonny Bairstow, who has often vividly started. Warner enjoys playing in Hyderabad and against the Chennai Super Kings; He has met half a century in his last three blows against them.
The Super Kings will be happy that Suresh Raina is back in the running. The left-hander had a disappointing first half of the tournament – scoring 136 runs in seven innings. But against KKR in the previous game, he scored 58 points in a successful chase and the left-hander will take a lot of self-confidence from this performance. Raina, who needs 48 runs to once again become the highest run-getter in the IPL, and MS Dhoni (CSK’s top-run getter) become central characters in CSK’s strike plans.
Both teams have used their spinners very effectively, and you can expect more in this game; Rashid Khan and Imran Tahir are likely to do a lot of damage.